Posts by Ken Aragaki

Money plays an important role in politics. All of the five presidential candidates, who have officially announced their candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Election, is serving or have served at US Senate. Natasha and Ken will look at the candidates’ donors while working as senators — how much each candidate have received based on organizations and industries, and possibly how those donations might affect his/her policies.



Are you online? – Close look at digital divide and education
Ken Aragaki
Mar. 27, 2015

Access to Internet has become so vital in our daily life. We use Internet to check news, communicate with family or friends and find directions. It is also a powerful tool for education. More and more schools around the world are adapting computers and Internet to educate children.
Yet about 4.2 billion people, or 60% of the world population, still do not have access to Internet. The United Nations has declared the right to Internet access a basic human right. The digital divide exists even within some developed countries, including the United States.
I will explore the issue of digital divide globally and then take a close look at countries/cities where the issue of digital divide is severe: rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, etc.
The goal of this data visualization project is to show how digital divide is affecting children on education.

World Bank – Internet users (per 100)

International Telecommunication Union
Monica Albertini, Communication Officer
Telecommunication Development Bureau
+41 22 730 5317;

Pew Research Center
Press: 202-419-4372

2014 World Economic Forum: Network Readiness Index
Fon Mathuros, Head of Media, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)79 201 0211, Email:

Internet Access Services Reports:

Education Super Highway


LA Times


NBC News

By Marguerite Ward & Ken Aragaki

As the United States grapples with what steps to take to fight the so-called Islamic State in Syria, many people still struggle to understand the war that’s going on there. Our data story will break down the war Syria so far in 2015 in one comprehensive interactive map. We will visualize details about U.S. coalition-led airstrikes and their impact (number of ISIS leaders killed, etc), civilian deaths from rebel fighting and torture. Our data sources will be from humanitarian-led organizations as well as the U.S. Central Command’s office and will answer the question – what’s the latest information available on ISIS activity and what are the details surrounding the continuous number of civilian casualties.

Data Sources

Violations Documentation Center in Syria: 716 civilian deaths between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25, 2015

U.S. Central Command

*We will collect the number and locations of US-led airstrikes in Syria from the Central Command’s blog post/press releases:



Bassam Al-Ahmad, spokesperson,

U.S. Central Command

7115 South Boundary Blvd., MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5101

Central Command Communications Integration Public Affairs (CCCI PA)

Media Section

(813) 529-0220; (813) 529-0213

Human Rights Watch

Nadim Houry, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division


Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Rami Abdurrahman, Founder & Director

+447722221287; +447971807965; +447937662469; +201066454801;;